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De militia equestri antiqua et nova ad regem Philippum IV. Libri quinque

De militia equestri antiqua et nova ad regem Philippum IV. Libri quinque

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De militia equestri antiqua et nova ad regem Philippum IV. Libri quinque

Author: Hugo, Hermannus

Publisher: Plantiniana B. Moreti

Location and Year: Antwerp (Belgium), 1630
Format: Folio: 30 x 20cm approx
Collation: [8], 344. Multiple engravings in text and 2 (of 6) double page engravings. Index not present. Contemporary Vellum with Yapp edges and manuscript title. Beautiful title page engraving by Galle. Some modern pencil marks to text and occasional areas of spotting to pages, but generally very good condition.
This is the rare first edition of one of the most important early books on cavalry tactics. It gives a detailed account of the history of cavalry, including the use of Elephants and Camels in ancient warfare. It is illustrated with fine engravings of tactical formations with each horseman individually represented. The text and engravings describes how to care for horses, tactics, handling and management in battle. A fascinating early text on cavalry and military tactics.

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